France is deeply concerned by the rapid deterioration in relations between Sudan and South Sudan and the escalation of violence currently unfolding: the bombing by the Sudanese air force of a village in South Sudan; the South Sudanese army’s capture of the town of Heglig in Sudanese territory.
France urges the parties to immediately pull back across their borders and to resolve their disputes through negotiation, while respecting each other’s territorial integrity, and to put an end to any action aimed at destabilizing the neighboring State. It reminds the authorities of both countries of their recent statements in support of the principles based on mutual interest and good-neighborliness between the two States.
The implementation of the agreements of June 29 and July 31, 2011, on the establishment of a demilitarized and internationally monitored border area, as well as the cooperation and non-aggression agreement of February 10, 2012, must be urgently pursued in order to achieve a political settlement of the current tensions.
France encourages the parties to resume, as swiftly as possible, the negotiations conducted under the auspices of the African Union High-level Panel in Addis Ababa. It lends its full support to the African Union and to the efforts of Mr. Thabo Mbeki.
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